New hawker centre for Pasir Ris in 2017
PASIR Ris' first hawker centre is expected to open for business in 2017, the National Environment Agency said at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday.
Located near the Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre and MRT station, it will have 45 cooked-food stalls and more than 800 seats.
A multi-storey carpark above the hawker centre will have spaces for 115 vehicles and 60 bicycles, to support the cycling path network around Pasir Ris.
The stalls and dining areas will be arranged in a fan shape facing Pasir Ris Town Park, and there will be family-friendly features such as lower seats for children and the elderly, diaper-changing and nursing rooms on both levels, and three lifts.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, the guest of honour yesterday, said the hawker centre will bring residents together for meals and help them to recharge after sports.
Mr Teo, who is an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, noted that all of Pasir Ris' precincts will undergo the Housing Board's (HDB's) Neighbourhood Renewal Programme over the next few years.
He said: "Many residents want to see the continuation of having a good amount of greenery in Pasir Ris but they also want to see new developments, for example an integrated town hub. HDB is looking at all the suggestions."
Exhibition panels featuring the new hawker centre's layout and artist's impressions will be displayed at the Pasir Ris recreation centre until tomorrow.
Pasir Ris resident Tan Phei See, a 38-year-old housewife who eats out three to four times a week, is looking forward to its opening. "With more and more people living in Pasir Ris, this hawker centre will be very convenient for us and will hopefully offer cheaper food," she said.
The Pasir Ris hawker centre is among 20 new ones that will be built by 2027. These will add more than 800 cooked-food stalls and help to moderate food prices.
The first two in Hougang and Bukit Panjang are expected to open next month and by the end of this year respectively.